Mustard Chicken with Celery Root Pureé and Kale Salad + A Cape Cod Workshop!

Mustard Chicken with Celery Root Pureé and Kale, Apple, & Candied Hazelnut Salad + A Cape Cod Workshop!

It’s spring! Supposedly…

It’s kind of hard to believe here in Vermont. There’s still snow and ice on the ground. Hats, gloves, and winter coats are still necessary for outdoor activities. (Which, for me, consist almost exclusively of darting from my apartment to my car and driving to places that are shamefully close to where I live.) I somehow managed to catch a cold or a fever or the plague, or maybe all three, and then reset back to Sickness: Day 1 after celebrating feeling the best I had in days with some wine on Saturday. So it might be spring, but I’m still craving warm, cozy meals, hot tea, and endless amounts of soup.

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Miso Veggie Breakfast Bowl + Asheville Photography & Fly Fishing Workshop (and a few words about fear)

Miso Veggie Breakfast Bowl + Asheville Photography Workshop

2015. Whoa.

I have sat down to write this post several times. To talk about how amazing 2014 was, and how this year is shaping up to be even more incredible. January is barely half over, and my year is already filled with travel plans. Tulum in less than a month. Workshops near and far. I want to tell you how excited I am for all that. Because I am, truly, beyond excited. But before I do, I would like to talk a little about anxiety and fear.

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Mini Nutmeg-Crème Fraîche Bundt Cakes with Angostura Glaze + a giveaway!

Mini Nutmeg-Crème Fraîche Bundt Cakes with Angostura Glaze + a giveaway!

Happy Monday!

I am super excited about today’s post for two reasons. One: these little cakes are the realization of a flavor combination I’ve been obsessing over for about a year now. Two: It’s November, which means I (along with a bunch of other amazing bloggers) am once again teaming up with Vermont Creamery to bring you some tasty crème fraîche recipes and a giveaway! And this year’s giveaway is AWESOME, you guys. It includes:

♦ An assortment of Vermont Creamery goodies: crème fraîche, vanilla crème fraîche, cultured butter with sea salt & maple, sea salt butter basket, and fresh goat cheese.

♦ A raw pine cake box (with cupcake inserts!) + leather strap handle from PieBox.

♦ A French taper rolling pin from Vermont Farm Table.

Revel Chocolates (including crème fraîche truffles) from Lake Champlain Chocolates.

♦ Vermont maple syrup and maple cream from The Syrup Shop.

♦ A Camp Icon card set from Scout’s Honor Paper.

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Photography & Styling Workshop | Upstate New York

Autumn Upstate New York Photography & Styling Workshop

As many of you know, I spent the first weekend of October hosting a food photography and styling workshop with the lovely and talented Eva Kosmas Flores. Our locale was less than an hour away from my hometown in upstate New York, and Eva and I spent the days preceding the event filling baskets with produce from the farm stands peppered throughout the Schoharie Valley and taking over my parents’ house/cars/lives with props, boxes of dishes, cookware, and food. On Friday morning we traveled through winding back roads and up a steep, lengthy gravel driveway to arrive at a gorgeous renovated barn overlooking rolling hillsides of fall foliage. Our attendees Ashley, Bonnie, Linda, Sam, Summer, Sylvia, and Willow filtered in during the early evening, and we enjoyed dinner on the deck in the (very!) crisp fall air before retiring inside to huddle around the fire (that we managed to get going eventually). (NB: It is best to build a fire before the sun sets and you’re cold.)

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Chickpea & Pomegranate Dip + Tasty Pitta Chips

Chickpea & Pomegranate Dip + Tasty Pitta Chips, from the Top With Cinnamon cookbook

Oh, life. How do you manage to be both crazy and awesome simultaneously? I have spent the past several weeks as a ball of excitement and anxiety. Perhaps because I’ve grown too used to cushy freelance life, so when I actually have to do big, out-of-the-ordinary things, all I want is for a fainting couch to appear in my room and a mint julep to materialize in my hand. (And also for my room to be a completely different room. One with a view of something that isn’t a city street, and that doesn’t contain what appears to be the remnants of a bomb made of dishes, clothes, and cardboard boxes.) Or perhaps it’s because I said “yes” to a lot of things all at once. Yes to shoots in the days preceeding and following the workshop Eva and I hosted in upstate NY. Yes to cutting my avocado food/prop sourcing time down to one absolutely insane day so I could spend a couple days in the Adirondacks instead (worth it). Oh and my birthday happened somewhere amidst all of that? Interesting.

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